Why Our Holdfasts are Different

Posted on 10 December 2016


I like to think of our holdfasts as a “course correction” for this form of tool. During the last 25 years, holdfasts (when you could find them) became lighter, shorter and shrank in diameter. Other makers made them look quite nice, with crisp arrises and smooth pads.

The Crucible holdfast is a thing from an earlier time. It’s heavy, thick and with a coarse surface finish. We know it’s jarring to the eye and the modern mind. And that’s why I sat down yesterday and made this video. It was supposed to be about 2 minutes but ended up at 10. Apologies for that.

— Christopher Schwarz

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4 comments

  • Bradley Potts: June 27, 2017

    Interesting, promising, expensive. This is a challenge for Crucible I’m sure, and I’m also sure you’ve priced them at a point where you can hope to recover your developmental costs…then comes the hand manufacturing.

    How do any of us decide where we will throw down our serious cash? For Festoolies, the allure is the latest whiz-bang functional tech, for others it’s a tool’s ability to solve an otherwise unsolvable task, some like how certain tools feel in the hands, for some this item is just too much, and then for others like me, it comes down to how much work the tool will do for me — I’m a value shopper. This terribly mundane holdfast is one of the most used appliances in the shop, it will get unmatched use, it will soak it up like nothing, and it will continue this for generations. Yes, as my budget allows, I will add a Crucible holdfast, and then another to my kit.

  • Stephen Collins: December 14, 2016

    When will you have more dividers? I would like to get some. I don’t know how to order or place on a wait list,

    thank you.

  • Stephen Collins: December 14, 2016

    When will you have more dividers? I would like to get some. I don’t know how to order or place on a wait list,

    thank you.

  • Gavin : December 14, 2016

    Don’t apologise for the time you have taken to explain the why. Sometimes that is more important than the what. The what, given the amount of time you guys have put into this should be everything and more than promised. There is an encapsulation of history, manufacturing and heart in the holdfast. I will try them out for my next bench build.

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